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Consumer product brands may benefit from steel packaging

According to new independent research commissioned by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), packaging sustainability is a high priority for almost two in three decision makers at Fortune 500 consumer-product companies.
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Ruptured pipeline spills crude in Arkansas subdivision, forces evacuations

The 848-mile Pegasus pipeline, which is capable of transporting more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude from Illinois to Texas, was shut down Friday afternoon after the leak was discovered in the town of Mayflower, Ark.
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Raeford Farms to phase out turkey operations, close eastern N.C. plants

Poultry processor House of Raeford Farms announced it is phasing out its turkey growing and slaughter operations in eastern North Carolina to focus on increasing chicken production volumes.
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Explosion at Florida chemical plant causes $1 million in damage

An explosion and fire Thursday night at the Reichhold Chemicals Plant in Pensacola, Fla., caused approximately $1 million in damage, according to the state Fire Marshal's Office.
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Connecticut chemical company fined for violating environmental right-to-know requirements

5N Plus Inc. allegedly violated the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) by failing to report hazardous chemical inventories to emergency responders.
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US recycling of rigid plastics on the rise

More than 934 million pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were recycled by the United States and Canada in 2011, which was 13 percent more than in the previous year.
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ExxonMobil faces $1.7 million fine for Yellowstone River oil spill

The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing a $1.7 million fine for ExxonMobil as a result of the July 2011 crude oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River.
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UK's Centrica signs 20-year deal to import US natural gas

UK energy company Centrica has signed a 20-year deal with U.S.-based Cheniere Energy Partners to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
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Report calls for better emergency equipment in US mines

U.S. mining companies and regulators should take measures to improve safety conditions and to provide more opportunities for miners to escape from underground emergency situations, according to a new report released by the independent, nonprofit National Research Council.
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Cryptosporidium outbreak linked to ready-to-eat salad mixes

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium that sickened 300 people in England and Scotland in May 2012 has been linked to pre-cut, bagged salad products, according to England's Health Protection Agency (HPA).
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